Daily Word: Create

create (v.)

late 14c., from Latin creatus, past participle of creare “to make, bring forth, produce, beget,” related to crescere “arise, grow” (see crescent). Related: Createdcreating.

The one-word writing prompt today is like dropping a pebble in a pond for me—ripples cascading out endlessly…

My mother is an artist, and I so I grew up surrounded by the smell of paint, jars of paint brushes, conte crayons, charcoal, Bristol paper, gesso—the vocabulary of making something from nothing, the everyday tools of creating.

She tried to fit me into that world, taught me some of the tricks and techniques of the craft she herself was learning. I only came away with a love for art and art history and some small desire to paint. The desire only comes through me standing in far-off cities in sunsets stained with colors we don’t see at home…

The creative tool I eventually picked up wasn’t a paintbrush but a pen and words the tools I use to create word pictures, something from nothing, every day.

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